egular readers of this blog know that I love embroidery. While I dabble a bit in hand embroidery, the majority of my embroidery projects are done by machine.
I've had my embroidery machine for more than 10 years and I sitll consider it one of my best purchases ever.
That certainly seems like a reasonable title since I execute all of my embroidery projects in my attic.
The Embroidered Attic will feature fun projects, designs, ideas and tips on embroidery, tools and supplies as well as suggestions on how you can find the best embroidery machine for you (if you're thinking about getting one).
No reason to be afraid of machine embroidery and throughout my new column, I'll help de-mystify the process that I've come to embrace.
I'll also include interviews from time to time with embroidery artists who continue to take the art of embroidery to new heights.
Throughout this first edition of The Embroidered Attic, I'm sharing my latest project which features Jacobean embroidery designs.
Jacobean embroidery (pronounced Jah-coe-bee-en) is easily recognized and well known for its thick, raised and colorful stitches that resemble hand crewel embroidery work.
Right now, I'm working on a fantastic embroidered pillow project featuring four Jacobean designs I know you're going to love as much as I do.
When machine embroidering, I use multiple guides to assist me including (1) a vellum template for accurate placement, (2) a printed copy of the design and (3) a thread color guide.
Layout the design templates on top of the fabric to determine the placement of each design.
Even though I'm using four different designs, I want the finished embroidery to look like one big pattern so design placement is critical.
The individual images need to be placed very close but not so close that the stitches from neighboring images overlap.
This one design requires more than 50-thousand stitches and more than 30-thread color changes.
While some of the color changes are actually repeat colors, it's still important to carefully track the colors being used.
Whenever, I stitch out a thread-heavy design like this, I put all the colors I need in chronological order.
Once the fabric is marked (with a water soluable marker) and the design placement is determined, the embroidery hoop is attached to the machine and the real fun starts.
Check out how the designs on the fabric slowly come to life.
As you can see, the design is really taking shape now.
This is going to make a beautiful pillowcase and I'm so excited about this project because it's coming together just the way I envisioned.
This one design took about two hours to complete but imagine how long it would have taken if I had stitched it by hand.
That's what I love about machine embroidery... more immediate gratification.
Remember, this is just one quarter of the entire project so far.
I still have three more embroidered quarters to go to complete the "whole" design I want.
Second design template is in place and I'm ready to stitch this next quarter section.
I can't wait to finish this project and I'll share it with you right here when I'm done.
Stay tuned for more beautiful embroidery in upcoming posts.
I have a ton of other embroidery projects, tips, ideas, designs and gorgeous stitches planned for my new column, The Embroidered Attic. ♥
COMING UP NEXT MONDAY
Spring is right around the corner and with that in mind, I have a great project that is not only easy to make but will put you in the mind of the new season.
My cookie mix gift sacks are back and you're going to love the Spring theme coupled with a nod to our fabulous feathered friends.
Hope you pop by again next Monday (3/17) for a look at my cookie mix gift sack project.
See you then.
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Kim at Savvy Southern Style